Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I will be the first one to admit that my caregiving journey did not include the special trails and tribulations when caring for someone who has dementia or Alzheimer’s. For many families, a diagnosis of dementia is an ending. For Deborah Shouse, it was a beginning, “My mother taught me how to celebrate and appreciate what we have right now.” Through her mother’s dementia, Deborah discovered compassion, deepening love, and increased connection with her mother and her family.
Deborah Shouse is an author and dementia advocate. Deborah knows first hand that finding the connection with a love one afflicted with dementia is a challenge millions of people face. Too often, people living with dementia are entertained instead of engaged. In this episode of “Healing Ties” Deborah talks about the differences between Dementia and Alzheimer’s while sharing her love and passion for those who care for someone with this insidious diagnosis.
Listen in and learn how Deborah is creating “Healing Ties” all around us by finding love in the land of dementia.
Love in the Land of Dementiaoffers hope to family members, friends, and care partners of people who are living with memory loss. Strong, fluid organization and tender writing distinguish this purposeful and compelling read, which is filled with practical suggestions, compassionate support, and unexpected insights. Visit Deborah on line at Dementia Journeys
Deborah offers some sage advice on how to choose holiday activities; explaining the needs of the person living with dementia to family and guest, creating a quite space available for down time while in the midst of the festivities. My personal favorite is Deborah’s suggestion that a family member or friend take turns being around the family member with dementia in order to answer a quick question or to just make them feel comfortable a large gathering of people.
When memory loss is first detected in a loved one or friend, it can be troubling for the person affected, but also for the entire family and friends. Too often, people living with dementia are entertained instead of engaged. Connecting in the Land of Dementia shows us how to engage and connect with people who are living with memory loss and dementia.
On this version of Healing Ties, Deborah provides us with some timely tips to help caregivers and their caree’s have a dementia friendly holiday season.
Listen in and learn how Deborah Shouse is creating Healing Ties all around us!
The Purple Jacket Blog was started in 2011 after my partner Richard was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer.
I left this blog up in Richard's memory just like it was originally created in 2011 because it was a projec we did together while in the midst of dealing with cancer.
Richard LOVED to read the comments from everyone! We coined the nickname "TLO" for Richard while writing on The Purple Jacket. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who still find this blog and write to me at chris@thepurplejacket. Thank you for all your kind words and support throughout the years.
Life after caregiving has had its ups and downs for me, but there is life after caregiving for everyone. And life is good for me now.
If you are interested in what I'm up to these days, visit the following websites:
Story 1 – In Sickness and in Health: A Couple’s Final Journey
Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2015, Our Caregiving Story "In Sickness and In Health: A Couple's Final Journey" written by Diane Lade and photgraphed by Carline Jean from The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Click on the photo to be taken to the original story. Photo Credit Carline Jean/Sun-Sentinel
Story 2 – Life After Death; A Couple’s Story Sparks Change
Story 2: "Life After Death: Couple's Story Sparks Change." Click on the photo to be taken to the second story. Photo Credit Carline Jean Sun-Sentinel
Story 3 – Saying Goodbye
Story #3 "Saying Goodbye" Click on the photo to be taken to our final story. Photo Credit Carline Jean/Sun-Sentinel
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